Live Communications Server 2005 with Service Pack 1 has been released!!

Live Communication Server SP11 is out….

I got it installed on my server now and i’m doing the first tests .
The new cool things?

  • Public IM Connectivity
    Tools to enable Public IM Connectivity; the ability to add contacts, send instant messages, and share presence information with users of the three main public IM service providers MSN, AOL and Yahoo!.
  • Enhanced federation
    which uses DNS-SRV resolution to simplify connecting to federation partners.
  • New optional spim filters
    Better control of unsolicited instant messages. Two new filters to help protect your organization, and each enterprise-to-enterprise federated connection, from malicious attack or better control of unsolicited instant messages.
  • Support for multiple tree Active Directory forests.
  • Improved server API performance.
    The server APIs in Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 can handle approximately three times more messages with a significantly lower CPU on the server.
  • Improved in-place upgrade experience
    The upgrade process from Live Communications Server 2005 to Live Communications Server 2005 SP1 is via an in-place upgrade that does not require the manual exporting and importing of existing databases as previously required with a Live Communications Server 2003 to Live Communications Server 2005 migration.

And .. …Support Microsoft Office Communicator 2005.

The good thing:
The Live Communications Server (LVC) 2005 Public IM Connectivity realises the link between internal LVS networks and external IM networks like MSN, Yahoo and AOL.
With this upgrade you can do so, but WITH encryption of data and the ability for administrators to log and archive the transactions.

The Bad thing:
"Live Communications Server 2005 Public IM Connectivity is offered on a per-user, per-month subscription price. This service is an additional cost to the standard Live Communications Server Client Access License (CAL). The service license price will include access to all three public IM Internet service providers. Please visit the How To Buy page for more information. "
It looks like it’s only available for Microsoft Volume License customers  (?)

And the Pricing….
"On average, depending on Volume Licensing discounts, the price for Public IM Connectivity will be approximately $13-16 per-user/per-year. Please note: there is no single or two public IM service provider license available and the termination of public IM service licenses must co-terminate with the customer’s Select or Enterprise agreement"

I will post new findings here..

The Service Pack 1 upgrade for existing Live Communications Server 2005 users is now available here.

A 120-day trial software version which contains Live Communications Server 2005 integrated with Service Pack 1 is available here.

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